Tech Treats


This category is reserved for finds by our Editor Rhiannon Dent.

Items should consist of at least two paragraphs.

The first should be a "teaser" paragraph. This paragraph will be automatically published in our RSS feed. It should state the nature of the find and the benefits without mentioning the product name or providing a product link. For example:

"For months I've been looking for a good way of deleting 'undeletable' files. Finally I've discovered a free utility that does the job reliably and simply."

The second paragraph should at the very least, expand the benefits, name the product and provide a product link. For example:

"Unlocker is a tiny 230KB utility that works with Windows 2000 and XP. Vista users are out of luck. Just right click on the 'undeletable file', select 'Delete with Unlocker' from the context menu and next time you boot the file will be gone for good."

You can have a third paragraph if you wish; indeed as many as you like. However there must at least be a second paragraph after the opening "teaser" paragraph.

Free Web-Based Vector Editor

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Create scalable vector art using your browser

So, I get this email this morning from this company I’ve been keeping an eye on because they have an image editor with lots of potential. It seems they’ve gone and created a vector art program while I wasn’t looking (think Adobe Illustrator).
I’ve been enjoying playing around with it today even though I don’t know how to make anything other than boxes and other shapes.

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[Expired] Free Ten Week Photoshop Course

Sign up for a free ten week Photoshop course at this site.

creativetechs has put together a 10 week Photoshop class at no charge.
The class is geared towards Mac computers and will be using CS4 (Adobe Creative Suite 4), though they mention that most of the class content also applies to earlier versions of Photoshop, as well as PC users. I couldn't find any reference to what earlier Photoshop versions will work.

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Free Software For Office 2007 From Microsoft

Office aficionados will find a veritable treasure trove of software that works with Office 2007 at this site.

This site could contain the Ultimate List of software created by Microsoft for Office 2007.

Microsoft Office has been around in one form or another for a very long time. Long enough that many people know its functions inside and out in any version. For them, this site is an Office power user's dream. For the rest of us, there are some interesting additions to the current Office version.

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Get Organized With Free Portable Planners

The D*I*Y Planner site say they are best thing in printing since Gutenberg. Who am I to argue? With free printable templates in over 12+ categories they might be right.

The site features many tools and ideas related to organization. Specifically, organization using paper and writing devices.
The focus is on paper-based productivity, planning, journaling and creative techniques.

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9 Free, Really Useful Screensavers

These 9 free screensavers do things other than look great.

Back in the day, screensavers were created to help prevent burn-in on monitors.
Most newer monitors don't need screensavers to do anything other than look good or be entertaining.

So why do we still love screensavers?
I suspect some of it has to do with flying toasters.
A long time ago (think Windows 3.1) a company created a screensaver package that included, among others, a flying toaster screensaver.

All of a sudden, looking at your monitor was fun.

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Create A Spectacular Toolbox Using A USB Thumb Drive

Have you ever wanted to carry a digital home away from home on your keychain or in your pocket? No? This article might change your mind.

I have a few USB thumb drives floating around. I don't use them often.
I would rather pull what I want from my online storage. Its easier than trying to move data from one computer to another.

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Get Great Weather Data With No Ads

Reliable worldwide weather conditions and forecasts delivered in a clear and concise format - ads not included.

The Weather Underground has been the most accurate and informative site to get weather conditions, local and worldwide, for years. No surprise, since they were the first internet weather service.

Weather Underground Lite is a scaled down version of the "Full" site. The "Full" site has weather blogs, photos, and other features. Its an ad supported site, with paid membership available that removes the ads.

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Free Program Creates Greeting Cards, Booklets, Banners, Posters And More

Sometimes you need a quick and easy program to make flyers, cards or brochures. You don't need Photoshop, you want something simple and fast.

PagePlus SE from Serif Software is great for the job.

With a large selection of preset document layouts, its easy to create greeting cards, booklets, banners, posters and more.

There's a pretty good range of tools included with the program.

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New Uses For Old Laptops

 Need some ideas on what to do with an old laptop, other than get rid of it? Have a look at some of these cheap/free options.

There are some interesting and original ideas in this article to breathe new life into an old laptop. Some of them would work with a desktop.

I like this list, it goes way beyond the standard "turn it into a router" suggestion.
Linux often gets a nod as something to do with old laptops and desktops.

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Elegant, Super Simple To-Do List

Dead simple to-do's. Designed to stay out of your way, be easy to use, and look pretty.

I can't do any better than the above description from the developer's site, other than to add its free, and everyone who has seen it on my desktop immediately wants to know where they can get it.

Doomi is a super simple to do list manager.
Its great looking.

It needs Adobe Air (included with download) to run.
Its pretty. Its easy to use. Have a look.

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